Praise: In 1992, political and economic forces caused Cuba's worst petrol crisis. One result was governmental encouragement of house churches to cut fuel consumption. This led to the explosive growth of house churches all over the island, according to Berna Salcedo, Dawn's South American coordinator. Recent research shows that today Cuba has over 6,000 house churches, one in easy reach of every Cuban. The only restriction laid down by the government was that the house churches had to be at least 5 kilometers from the original church building. The church leaders accepted unanimously. In 8 years, the island's 150 churches have grown to become 6,000 house churches.